The San Francisco 49ers guffawed their way past the Jacksonville Jaguars 42-10 Sunday night at Wembley Stadium in London. They marched down the field for TDs the first four times they had the ball, then, noticing it was almost halftime, politely punted to avoid sending the Jags weeping into their locker rooms down a ghastly 35-3, instead of a modest 28-3.
The game could have been yellow flagged at that point, but there were 83,000 British blokes in attendance who had braved hurricane force wind warnings to watch a full NFL game. And these chivalrous fellows stayed till the bitter end, bless their blimy souls.
The 49ers had four rushing TDs, which is pretty stone age stuff in this pass happy world. Two of them were by QB Colin Kaepernick, who’s resumed his running ways lately, presumably after recovering from an early season bout of wounded pinky toes. Frank Gore had the other two.
The team has scored over 30 points in each of its last five games, all wins. The Steve Young team of 1997 was the last 49er squad to put up 30 five times in a row. That team had Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens at WR. This team has Anquan Boldin and a cast of revolving Nobodies. Two of the top receivers yesterday were TE Vernon Davis and FB Bruce Miller, who’s become something of an offensive weapon lately, during this Nobody Era.
The Jags do deserve some kudos for spunkiness, twice going for it on 4th and goal, rather than kicking white flag field goals. They failed on both occasions, however, and that’s your Jaguars’ Moment for this game.
It will be two weeks before we see the 49ers in action again, as they enjoy their mid-season BYE week before returning to face the Carolina Panthers at Candlestick. The team could have a different look by then, with at least four players getting activated from the PUP/NFI lists and another four ushered out of town. At this point, the most significant activation will be WR Mario Manningham, who should put an end to the Nobody Era.
Tuesday is the NFL Trade Deadline, and rumors surfaced during the game Sunday that RB Anthony “Boobie” Dixon would be dealt. Boobie has been a likeable 49er for three and a half years, despite having very little game time value. He’s been the “mop up” running back and occasional shortage man. He’s got fullback size, but dancer’s feet — not a great combination. He replaced a struggling Kyle Williams for one late game KO return, in perhaps a farewell gesture by the team.
Williams future with the team seems destined to end soon, also. In his three years here, he has failed as a KO guy, a punt return guy, and as a WR. His most notable achievement was fumbling away the 2011 NFC Championship game. Sunday, he muffed both a kick off and a punt.
And here we are at the half way point in the season, sporting the same 6-2 record we had last year. And we all know where that season ended up. Can the team do it again? We shall see.